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Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 21 June 2017

Part One below - A full listing to the end of July
Part Two - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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UPDATED Tickets still available
Thursday 22 June 2017 - Bob Fox - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL
Bob is a superb musician with an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary songs he is a fine raconteur with stories as long as the Tyne from his native North East. To quote Ralph McTell: "As soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised he must have one of the best voices in England. I have always regarded him as an artist of great ability and integrity." Bob has been the Songman for the extremely popular stage show Warhorse and songs from the show are included in his repertoire. Tickets £12 adv available from Maggie Duffy 01803 855961 / 07770 806083/ email scotcraft@msn.com. Early booking advised. See www.bobfoxmusic.com for more info and a listen if any encouragement was needed! And if the weather is still hot, Caroline will use the roll back roof feature!

Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - John Connor - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society (which supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect). A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.

Friday 23 June 2017 7.30-8.30pm - Ensemble Baklava - Totnes Library, The Mansion, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient. Ticket price tba.

Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - Public Ceilidh with The Balcony Band - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Jeremy Child.  Exeter Folk Dance Club. £5 entry, £3 EFDC members, £3 student, £2 10-16. We welcome everyone, young or old, newcomers and old faces, to a summer evening ceilidh! St Matthew's is a lovely hall for dancing, and is located opposite the Triangle Car Park, with free evening parking. With tea, coffee and biscuits available in the interval, and a raffle to excite, prize donations gratefully received! Proceeds go to the next ceilidh. For more information and to reserve tickets email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com, www.exeter.folkdancing.co.uk.

Friday 23 June 2017 9pm - The Yellabellies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Yellabellies are a high-energy four-piece band playing an infectious mix of alt-country, bluegrass and Cajun with a range of influences from Johnny Cash to the Legendary Shack Shakers and from Flaco Jimenez to the Velvet Underground all mixed up in a gumbo of Tex-Mex and cowpunk. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 24 June 2017 7pm - Summer Solstice Barn Dance - Stantor Barton Farm, Marldon TQ3 1SU
In aid of Children's Hospice South West. Bar available. Everyone welcome. Adult £12, U16 £6, includes burgers or hot dogs + desserts, teas & coffees. Please advise dietary requirements. Come dressed in style and you might win a prize. Ample parking. Tickets (all tel. nos. 01803): Chris Wright 872552, Rosa Marshall 298496, Julia Keech 296001, Barb Cavanna 329009.

Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst as "Pagoda Project" - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (map)
The Friends of Throwleigh Church are pleased to announce the return of Paul Hutchinson (accordion), with Karen Wimhurst (clarinets), currently touring as Pagoda Project www.pagodaproject.co.uk. Paul (one half of Belshazzar's Feast) has asked to come and make use of the wonderful acoustics of the ancient church building. Their music is described as bringing together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound. Please book in advance, £10 adult, £6 U17, call 01647 231051 or email: pagoda[at]dhatton.plus.com. More details see www.throwleighchurch.org/Pagoda%20project2.jpg.

Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Plus Kiera Osment, Rob Carney, Voices of Freedom & more. A family friendly and beautifully intimate gig. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended.  www.wegottickets.com/event/391483.

NEW Wren Music ~ Blackberries and Bandages: A Concert for Devon Remembers Heritage Project
Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple - for tickets, contact 01837 53754
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Palace Theatre, Paignton - for tickets, contact 01803 665800
Saturday 8 July 2017 7.30pm - Beehive, Honiton - for tickets, contact 01404 384050
Devon Remembers is a four-year project to look at the effect of the Great War on the people of Devon. Wren Music was awarded the music commission. Our brief was the Home Front in Devon. The first half of each concert features Wren’s community choirs and orchestras local to that area; the second half is Blackberries and Bandages, bringing together the 20 members from across the groups who have worked on the concert. Tickets £5, U16s £3

NEW Sunday 25 June 2017 7.45pm - Bob Fox - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
With over 40 years as a professional, Bob is one of the most formidable solo performers on the folk scene. A rich voice is accompanied by enviable guitar technique and a wealth of material ranging from traditional and modern ballads from the North East to songs from his role as Songman in Warhorse. You can be assured of a consummate performance. www.bobfoxmusic.com. £12. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 25 June 2017 8pm - Free feature spot: Cosgrave & Banks - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Free one-hour feature spot at Topsham Folk Club singers' night:
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Tuesday 27 June 2017 7.30pm - Sally Barker & Brooks Williams - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Wednesday 28 June 2017 8pm - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Daf says: "Without exception, everyone I know who has heard them thinks they are utterly amazing. Ange plays a range of instruments from whistles to harp via guitars and bodhran (not sure of spelling) but her secret weapon is the live looping which turns Ange into a harmonious bevy of angelic voices. Really, it does. And I haven't even mentioned Lukas yet, have I?" Accompanied by the brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. www.angehardy.com. More details, music samples etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk/ange-hardy--lukas-drinkwater.html. Contact Daf : dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. Dinner 6.30pm (must be pre-booked) & gig £24, gig only £12. Menu: Chicken Roulade: Chicken Breast filled with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and feta cheese. Served with Parisien potatoes, seasonal veg and a tomato, tarragon and white wine sauce. GLUTEN FREE. Vegetarian option: Butternut Squash and Cranbury Wellington (with a mushroom pâté in the Wellington): served with Parisien potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and a rosemary gravy.

Thursday 29 June 2017 8.30pm - Kate Ferguson & Olly Wheeldon - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Kate Ferguson and Oliver Wheeldon team up for a night of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music. Kate is a Soprano singer-songwriter who plays both original songs and folk classics. Oliver is a Dartmoor based multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and member of the westcountry folk duo ""Tamar"". Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Blackheart Orchestra on tour in Devon
Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington. With folk/rock origins the band blend musical styles to create unique music at times haunting and enchanting and at other times creating a wall of sound using ancient synthesisers, electronic and bowed guitars and bass. The band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Golding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd and Steve Reich.
Their unique music has been described as “Utterly magical” by the BBC’s John Gilmore and “One of the best things to come out of England in recent years.” by Fatea Music Magazine. “A heavenly fusion of acoustic folk, intelligent pop and classical composition…Enchanting”. ABC Radio Australia.
Friday 30 June 2017 8pm -
Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Tickets £10, licensed bar. Tel. 01364 631288.
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.15pm - Goose Field, off Exton Lane, Exton EX3 0PN
Full details, sample links etc. www.extonvillagehall.uk/black-heart-info-04-17.html. Gates 6.30pm. Adv tickets £12. U12s free.
Sunday 2 July 2017 - Whitford Village Hall, nr Axminster EX13 7NQ
Tickets £10, 01297 553751

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - House Concert at a 'secret' South Devon location
...in the Totnes / Newton Abbot / Torbay area. Contact Sarah at sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk for further information and tickets @ £12.
And look out for a new album and a new name for the duo in the autumn - Edgelarks.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 8.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Fingle Bridge Inn, nr Drewsteignton EX6 6PW
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page. £6 door.

Sold out Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Silvington + Friends (Folk on the Moor) - Village Hall, Milton Combe, nr Yelverton PL20 6HP
Contact: Anton on 01822 853620 or emailing antonhorwich@aol.com. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support and the concert is an additional fundraiser to Anton's 22 mile "Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike" for Macmillan in July. You can also sponsor Anton at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.

Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Carmina - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Bristol-based Carmina have toured worldwide and recorded with the celebrated producer Donal Lunny. An intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, in powerful original songs, often creating a deeply spiritual audience reaction. www.carmina.co.uk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 30 June 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. . Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served in the interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors/bar 6.30pm.

Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Michael Dacre and Spanish guitarist Steve Yates tell The Haunted Inn and other tales from the Saragossa Manuscript. Spanish tales within tales, interwoven with the magical strings of the guitar. Meet Moorish princesses, hanged men and a host of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, gypsies and wizards as well as lovely senoritas, bewitching serenades and foot tapping Spanish dances. “A fantastic duet of wicked words and virtuoso guitar playing.” Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moorland Water'; entry £2.50 per poem or £1 for Junior (under 15) section; closing date Saturday 14 June 2017, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall with singer, dancer, multi instrumentalist, Pete Coe the 'One Man Folk Industry'; Flash Jack crew from Plymouth singing sea songs, shanties & songs of love, lust & loose living and South Brent's own Emily Roblyn singing songs from the heart with a voice of 'pure nectar'.
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117.

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.
Followed by South Brent Folk Breakfast Café on Sunday 2 July.

Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Vibrant singer songwriter Jess touring with a collection of strong, new and infectiously catchy songs from her fourth ablum which will be released in September.
Jess's trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium, along with her uniquely soaring vocal have established her reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene. The new release, recorded in her new home studio in Bulgaria, will bring with it a thread of the people, colours, flavours and instruments from her new life. Jess will also be playing old favourites from her previous three albums. www.jessvincentsings.com. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/402293. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
'The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray'. A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century. A unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer and an authority of Jake’s songs, endorsed by Thackray’s family. He is writing the first biography on Thackray and has uncovered new songs in the process.“John Watterson celebrates the great songs of the late and much lamented Jake Thackray. He is brilliant. We can’t have Jake back but this is the next best thing – a real tribute.” Mike Harding.  www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Saturday 1 July 2017 8pm - La Moresca - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Lady’s Cup of Tea: Baroque and Irish music: Based on 17th century Irish harpist-composer Turleigh O´Carolan´s music, La Moresca play pieces from Ireland and Cornwall as well as English dance and court music. Breathtaking, beautiful music from this exciting ensemble on a rare trip to the UK from their native Germany, using period instruments creating sounds that are both stunning and deeply touching. Featuring music by Turleigh O’Carolan, Matthew Locke, John Playford, plus traditional folk music. Babett Niclas harp, Claudia Hoffmann baroque violin and harp, Petra Burmann baroque guitar, Ivo Nitschke percussion, Szabolcs Illes baroque violin. www.la-moresca.de. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Tuesday 4 July 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Chudfest, Chudleigh
with support from Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have formed an exciting folk duo, performing a highly entertaining smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) and beyond with superb musicianship. "Steve and Mike are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior.
www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Maggie and Tiggy have supported Ange Hardy and opening this year for Geoff Lakeman, Bob Fox and Phil Beer and Sarah McQuaid. “Maggie's voice has a rare and haunting quality which is just amazing” Judi Spiers. www.maggieduffy.co.uk. Concert in marquee on playpark behind St Martin & St Mary Church, Fore St., Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ. Licensed bar. Tickets £10. Full info and booking www.chudfest.co.uk/folk-night.

Thursday 6 July 2017 8.30pm - Saskia Griffiths-Moore - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Saskia is a 24 year old independent English singer-songwriter, known for her pure, clear voice and her nu-folk style repertoire - blending the classical simplicity of folk songs with contemporary moods, meanings and melodies. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 7 July 2017 9pm - Frozen Houses and Ash Height - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Ash: Virtuoso guitarist and innovative songwriter Ashley Height is not only the driving force behind the Cornwall based band Red Foot Crow but also a world
class solo performer. Think John Martyn meets Neil Young with West-African and contemporary Jazz elements effortlessly incorporated within both his acoustic guitar and lap-steel guitar driven compositions. Frozen Houses: Singer songwriter based in Cornwall, "Insightful, moving and genuinely meaningful music... Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
details tba

Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus (with Chris Hoban) - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
The Lost Sound chorus performing in the wonderful acoustic arena that is Widecombe (St Pancras) Church. Coming with them is the fabulous Chris Hoban who really is a secret weapon. He doesn't perform very often but has a wonderful tenor voice and has written lots of beautiful songs with interesting stories. Chris is the composer of some of Show of Hands' most lyrical songs. Tickets £8.50. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 July 2017 8pm - Ian Bruce - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
One of the great singer/songwriters of the Scottish folk movement with a powerful voice and passionate character. Ian has been influenced by the likes of McGuiness Flint, Gallagher & Lyle, and Stan Rogers among others. He was one of the artists involved in Linn Records “The Complete Songs of Robert Burns”. On stage he brings a huge presence and he has perennial return bookings at festivals such as Towersey, Warwick, and Bromyard. Support: CELT, the top Celtic music group in the area combining superb musicianship and vocals in material that ranges from the passionate to the up tempo and energetic. Tickets £12/£10. Full details from Hugh 01626 775517, email: hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 July 2017 7.45pm - Robb Johnson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A prolific and widely acclaimed songwriter, Robb says, of his 2016 five-CD career retrospective, “it does have quite a lot of politics and protest, lots of songs doing what folk song is supposed to do ….But there are also interpersonal songs about relationships…what you have here is part journal, part diary, part testament.” £10.

Sunday 9 July 2017 3pm - Sunday Sessions: K'antu - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Songs and Dances of the Renaissance. This popular ensemble returns to Calstock Arts, exploring the less-trodden territories of early music. Combining elements of folk and world music with historically-informed techniques, the music of Spain and South America seems like the obvious starting place – hence the name K’antu, referring to an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance. The ensemble features an array of beautiful replicas of historic instruments, including Renaissance Recorders and Drum, Baroque Violin and Guitar, and a Peruvian Charango. “Terrifically interesting and enjoyable…their performances are joyously individual”. Early Music Today magazine. Full details, video etc. www.calstockarts.org.
Bar, tea, coffee and cake from 2pm.

NEW Thursday 13 July 2017 8.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
A fun evening with this talented trio - Ian and Jane Gardner and Graham Butterfield - featuring some upbeat 1930s hokum numbers which you have probably never heard before. Support from Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch on rare vintage National guitars. Floor spots welcome. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

Friday 14 July 2017 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. Entry £3.www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 14 July 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Iain Bryden from Jigs for Gigs. A monthly series of Contra Dances.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road in 2017 with full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 15 July 2017 6-11.30pm - Barn Dance with Red Shed - West Town Farm, Ide EX2 9TG
Caller Rosie Baines. Family activities and Exeter Street Band 6-8pm. Barn dance starts 8pm. BBQ until 8.30pm. Bar. £10 adult; £5 child. BBQ not included..50% of proceeds to charity. www.organicarts.org.uk. Phone 01392 811257 or email grace@westtownfarm.co.uk for tickets; numbers are limited so book by 2 July to assure yourself of a ticket.

Saturday 15 July 2017 - John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In a 45 year career, legendary guitarist John Etheridge has played alongside some of the most famous names in C20th music including Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin and Soft Machine. For this new project, he joins forces with sensational vocal star Vimala Rowe. Together John and Vimala weave a magical spell, effortlessly travelling musically from India to Africa, Middle East and the USA. There will also be solos from John, taken from his celebrated show that he has performed for ten years across Europe. This is a unique pairing that satisfies on so many levels. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Wednesday 19 July 2017 - House Concert: Kentucky Cow Tippers - Hatch Court, Churchstow
English bluegrass at its finest from these young northern lads. www.thekentuckycowtippers.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

Wednesday 19 July 2017 8pm - Don Gallardo & Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Don Gallardo was raised in a small town in Northern California, where he spent years building his songwriting career on the west coast before relocating to Nashville in 2008. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, he walks the line between folk, Americana and roots-rock, mining the influence of classic 1970s singer-songwriters while creating a sound that nods to the past while still pushing ahead toward something new. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 21 July 2017 - Pete Morton - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Pete is a songwriter, singer and ‘folk rapper’ with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. He sings from the heart, delivering songs telling compelling stories and speaking of the human condition in a totally original style and his stage shows are good humoured, intense and dynamic. He also includes traditional folk songs, performed with all the power that these dramatic tales demand. Support: Kadia, three-piece band from Dorset, perform a mix of traditional and original contemporary folk songs, combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin, with three part harmony to create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. As well as many folk festivals, they have supported national acts such as Jim Moray, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Jackie Oates, The Willows, and Ninebarrow. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/399263. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres: British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit (Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe), the inimitable Dub Pistols. www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available.

Saturday 22 July 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Folk at the Flavel Summer Concert features two rising stars of the folk scene, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Since meeting 5 years ago, guitarist Greg and fiddle player Ciaran have won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have toured constantly and appeared at prestigious events such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and have released three acclaimed albums, most recently “Silent Majority”. Greg's powerful vocals and Ciaran's superb fiddle playing is the key to their success and a great evening of the best in folk music is guaranteed. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. Music includes Crow Puppets (tbc). A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 23 July 2017 7.45pm - Robin Laing - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A unique, charismatic performer, Edinburgh-born Robin now has 12 albums to his credit.…and 6 of them are about Scotch whisky! But even if you are not a fan of that particular tipple, you will certainly be charmed by Robin’s clever, often hilarious lyrics on that topic and many others. Add in some traditional songs and a mellow voice and it’s the perfect blend! £10. The Club is closed for the month of August.

Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

***** Part Two - Dartington International Summer School & Festival *****

29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August).
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the 2017/2018 dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
23 Sept, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan, 3 Feb
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings. September is not the usual first Saturday due to other commitments, and nothing in October.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 14 June 2017

Frequency of these e-circulars
A quick reminder that while I attempt to send an e-circular on a weekly basis, things don't quite always work out that way - work, good gardening weather etc. etc. get in the way sometimes. But I don't think more than a fortnight has ever elapsed between missives. So if you ever think you might be missing one (they do occasionally disappear into the ether - or a spam/junk folder), you can always check www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where the full open-ended Diary listings are always available, along with relevant parts of recent e-circulars.
And remember to use the 'Update subscription preferences' link at the foot of every email to change your email address if need be.

Part Three - Other stuff

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Sad News: Vin Garbutt R.I.P.
This has been posted on Vin's official website: 11th June 2017 - "It is with great sadness and extremely heavy hearts that we must inform you that our beloved Vin passed away on Tuesday 6th June 2017, aged 69. He loved the life he shared with you all, and we know how much he'll be missed. Vin was always entertaining, if sometimes controversial. The world is a lesser place now he's gone." www.vingarbutt.com/news/vin-garbutt-1947-2017.

Session News
This info gleaned from
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com:
Exeter: Cowley Bridge Inn, Cowley Bridge Rd. EX4 5BX (01392 431010). First Tuesday of the month. Open mic, run by Tony Scott. PA available.
Kingsbridge: The Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St. TQ7 1ED (01548 853234). Thursday 8th June & Thursday 20th July, 8.30pm. Open Mic. “All welcome to come and play, sing or watch. Please, no music stands.” Monthly (not always on the same day).
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (01395 265369). Second Thursday of the month. Firecracker Open Mic. Run by Ian & Ashley. PA available.
Uffculme (nr. Cullompton): Culm Valley Music & Performance Club, Village Hall, 5 Bridge St. EX15 3AX (Brian & Gwyneth: 01884 840192 or 07790 774945)
Last Wednesday of every month (except August) (Guest Nights and Open Floor Nights on alternate months), 8pm to 11pm. Everyone welcome. Bring your own drinks.  Next Open Floor Night: 26th July.



Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 3 June 2017

Part One below - A full listing up to the end of June
Part Two - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - Other stuff *****

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

UPDATED  Nearly sold out
18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter

Full details www.beautifuldays.org.

Session News
This info gleaned from
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
NEW: Exeter: City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Lower North Street EX4 3RB (01392 495811, citygate@youngs.co.uk
Second Monday of the month, 8pm. Irish music session.
REVISED SCHEDULE: Totnes: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com
Open Folk Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.30pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Celtic / Irish session: Fourth Monday of every month, 8.30pm.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Wednesdays of the month, 8.30pm – 11pm. “Voice only”.
Singer / songwriter session: First Thursday of the month, 8.30pm – 11pm. Hosted by Adrian Birtwell. “Try out your songs & compositions.”
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday except the first, 8.30 – 11pm. Open mic & jam session. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Open Jazz Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

Autumn at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Parking note: The Mary Arches Car Park close to the Corn Exchange has become rather expensive for an evening's parking so you may want to explore other parking options. Current autumn programme includes:
Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band
Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell
Tuesday 17 October 2017 7.30pm - Kate Rusby 25 Years
Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special
Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span


General items retained from previous circulars

Final reminder: Important note re EE email addresses:
I understand that all email addresses @ any of the following:
Orange.net, Orangehome.co.uk, Wanadoo.co.uk, Freeserve.co.uk, Fsbusiness.co.uk, Fslife.co.uk, Fsmail.net, Fsworld.co.uk, Fsnet.co.uk
will cease to exist after the end of May 2017 and that users of these are generally being advised to use Gmail instead.
1) Do please update your email address using the 'update subscription preferences' link below to ensure that you continue to receive these e-circulars after the end of May. It would be great if you could also reply to this email to let me know you've made the change because MailChimp won't tell me.
2) If you change to Gmail, please note that Harberton Folk e-circulars may well arrive in the 'Promotions' inbox folder rather than the 'Primary' folder (if you see these separately). This is because MailChimp is a commercial email marketing tool (although fortunately free to use for relatively low-volume use such as Harberton Folk).

Last week's circular
The return copy of last week's circular I send to myself for checking purposes unusually finished up in my Plusnet spam/junk folder. I have no idea why. This seems to happen very occasionally. Remember, if you fail to receive a circular within a fortnight at most for whatever reason, the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Nothing to do with the folk context of Cuckoos, but...
...'Devon Birds' are very keen to hear of anyone hearing or even better seeing a cuckoo. Report your own or see where cuckoos have been heard or seen at www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/cuckoos.


NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
A rare opportunity to see and hear the Big Band version of Peter Knight's Gigspanner including Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.
Personal note: Gigspanner have a sensational new percussionist, Sacha Trochet, who has helped lift Gigspanner to a new level of excellence. Jan and I saw the Trio's show in Dartmouth recently and cannot recommend this Ashburton gig highly enough. It is guaranteed to be stunning. JC

Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) for May happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Ashburton Arts - A new charity, and an appeal
"In November, we applied successfully to Teignbridge District Council to have Ashburton Methodist Church building declared a public asset. This led to an embargo on the public sale of this building, which ends on 1 June 2017.
We have pledges of over £50,000 so far — an amazing feat, with generous offers of loans and gifts from individuals and organisations, most recently £5,000 from E & JW Glendinning. We are still working on other avenues but have to prepare for the possibility that it may go to auction again and we should therefore have £150,000 available to buy the building and then to start things happening there.
Since the temporary reprieve was granted, ‘Ashburton Arts’ has applied for charitable status and will soon become an ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation’ which anyone can join as a member. We have commissioned truly outstanding plans to develop the site and create a lively hub at the heart of Ashburton, offering space for people to come together to work during the day and affordable performances and classes for people across Dartmoor throughout the year. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for more.
We will be eligible for grants to renovate the building, but right now we think we need to raise another £100,000 in donations and long-term loans. Can you help? Do you know someone who could? Time is of the essence and your help will be massively appreciated.
We now have eight local trustees who have been working hard to put in place all the legal and bureaucratic necessities required to enable the community to own a building like this and run it for the public good. We are confident we can make it a viable enterprise that will sustain itself for years to come. We are sure that it will remain a well-loved part of the fabric of our town and the surrounding area and that it will provide inspiration and enjoyment for many people, providing opportunities that don’t currently exist.
Our challenge now is to raise the remaining capital. Your help will make a difference, whatever you can offer, as a donation or a loan, from £10 to £10,000. Over 200 people have already signed up as supporters: join them now at www.tinyletter.com/ashburtonarts and you’ll get emails from us directly.
Andy Williamson, trustee and project manager. andy@ashburtonarts.org.uk."


Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Session News:
Torquay: Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road TQ1 4QA
, 01803 328290
Alternate Wednesdays. Appalachian session.
South Brent, Pack Horse Inn, Plymouth Road TQ10 9BH, 01364 72283
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (may previously have been listed as alternate Tuesdays). Mixed folk session, mainly song, but instruments welcome. Contact Eileen eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Otterton Mill Music 2017 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The spring season of music upstairs in the restaurant at Otterton Mill will be up and running again soon. This is a small intimate venue and often sells out quickly. Summer outdoor concerts in the courtyard have about double the capacity. Then back indoors again for the autumn concerts. Music nights also feature menus of seasonal food (ticket prices cover music only). Doors 6pm, food served until 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. There's music for many tastes and I'll list all the events at least briefly. www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring: 16/3 Rag Mama Rag; 23/3 Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz; 6/4 Sam Lewis; 27/4 Corrine West; 11/5 Tia McGraff; 18/5 Chris Cleverly; 15/6 Worry Dolls; (Weds) 28/6 Boo Hewerdine
Summer: 13/7 Hucklebuck; 27/7 FB Pocket Orchestra; 3/8 Daniel Smith Blues Band; 17/8 Ragged Union; 31/8 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Autumn: 14/9 Edwina Hayes; 28/9 Hollie Rogers; 12/10 Carrivick Sisters; 9/11 Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi


Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

New Festival not too far away - First Bridport Folk Festival - 11-13 August 2017
The very first Bridport Folk Festival planned for August. Comprising a combination of music and dance with three open air stages plus three indoor venues. Event will include ceilidhs and workshops . With the wonderfully talented and charismatic Reg Meuross, Ninebarrow, The Polly Morris Band and Tinderbox to name a few as part of an exciting line up in excess of 40 acts, this first festival is going to be a cracker. Applications from dance sides are still being accepted as are traders. Contact for dance is Ian Cox: lauriancox@yahoo.co.uk. For Trade stalls Tim; www.bhreventsolutions.co.uk/bridport-folk-festival.


Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.


Session news - Church House Inn, Churchstow (from John O'Connor)
No session at the Church House Inn, Churchstow in January, owing to a change of management due to take place on January 4. Watch this space for future developments once negotiations have taken place with the new managers early in the new year. 01548 810806 for details.
John also says "Note the date: Saturday 18 February 2017, Kingston Reading Room - key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. 7.30pm Doors 7pm £10 advance from 01548 810806, £12 door.

Session News - Jurassic Folk and Jam! - Eyre Court Hotel Conservatory, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
Jurassic Folk nights (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday except August) attract excellent crowds and a full variety of performers. Singers & musicians welcome for an evening of live acoustic performance, listening and joining in and the odd drink or three. Come along bring your voice or an instrument or both, and entertain or be entertained and help us keep music live. Doors 7.30pm, start prompt 8pm, one interval, 10.30pm. Free admission No slots are booked. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. All music acoustic so no gaps between slots. Full details www.jurassicfolkandjam.com.

Session News - Kings Arms, South Zeal nr. Okehampton EX20 2JP
Third Monday of the month, 8pm. Music session. (Pub 01837 840300; Mark Bazeley: 01837 840775).


Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.


This is another important 'Admin' message. Monday 20 June 2016

As I have sufficient spare capacity left on my free monthly send allowance with MailChimp, I wanted to give you a quick update:
I'm still concerned that my Harberton Folk e-circulars may be increasingly falling foul of some spam filtering systems and that some intended recipients are consequently not receiving them at all, or they are going into Spam/Junk folders rather than normal In Boxes.

Statistics provided by MailChimp indicate that this may have happened to some extent again with last week's circular, sent on 14/6/16. (A copy of this can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.) My recent Admin message on 8/6/16 did not seem to suffer the same fate.

I wanted to let you know that this week's main circular will be sent sometime on Wednesday 22nd June, so if you normally receive the circulars and haven't received this week's by first thing Thursday morning, you will be able to find a copy on the website. I'd also be grateful if could let me know at the reply email address at the foot of this message.


Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]


Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC


Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)


Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.


Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf


New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]


An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"


A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.


Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk
Totnes - South Devon Arts Centre - www.southdevonarts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for ???
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
On that same page I shall also attempt to include a regular monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the
Bicton Inn in Exmouth
, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.